China assures Pakistan of support against 'foreign aggression'

The China-Pakistan Economic border was another issue discussed. In photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping(R) with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. Photograph:( Getty )

Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Sep 25, 2016, 04.15 AM (IST)
As tensions continue to mount between India and Pakistan in the wake of September 18 terror attack on an Indian army base in Uri sector of Kashmir, China has assured unequivocal support to Pakistan against "foreign aggression”, Pakistan daily Dawn has reported. 

“In case of any [foreign] aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan,” consul general of China in Pakistan city of  Lahore,Yu Boren, was quoted as saying by Punjab chief minister's office on Friday.   

Beijing's top diplomat conveyed the message during a meeting with Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. 

According to press release issued by the chief minister's office,  China also supports Pakistan's stance on Kashmir dispute. 

"We are and will be siding with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. There is no justification for atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris in (India)-held Kashmir and the Kashmir dispute should be solved in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris," Yu said, according to the report. 

The $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic border (CPEC) was another key issue discussed during the meet. According to the CM office, CPEC passes through a part of the disputed region in India because of which India has raised objections over the project. 

The Uri attack has triggered a fresh war of words between India and Pakistan. While India has blamed Pakistan for the militant attack on the army base in Uri that killed at least 18 Indian soldiers, Pakistan, denied the allegations and lashed out at India for pinning the blame without any proper investigation. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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